TEL AVIV (Jul. 20)
Israel military spokesmen today denied Egyptian reports claiming that an Israeli Mirage jet fighter plane was shot down yesterday over the Mediterranean near Alexandria.
The Israeli spokesman described the Egyptian story as a “mirage. ” Egyptian military sources also alleged that a second Israeli jet was “probably downed. ” This was also denied. The denial, issued at the headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces here, said that no Israeli plane had violated Egyptian air space. The Israeli spokesman also rejected a Damascus claim that six Israeli soldiers were killed in an Israel-Syrian border clash north of the Sea of Galilee yesterday.